Aviation industry and what our company is doing to make it better.
As you may know, the pilot shortage around the United States is very real, particularly in helicopters. Pilots trained for Vietnam and other conflicts are aging and retiring from aviation careers. Therefore, companies are having trouble finding pilots who have the training and skills they require. That's where Glacier comes in. At Glacier, the unique flight training program not only teaches students how to fly, it gives them the training they need to find a job in the industry. From private to commercial, certified flight instructor (CFI) to instrument ratings, all pilots will get what they need from our top-notch instructors. Glacier also has an FAA examiner on staff to make check rides hassle free. We are an FAA Lasergrade written test center.
Besides the different aircraft, Glacier also offers a variety of terrain and weather conditions due to its location. Western Washington is gifted with mountains, rivers, and forests. We don't just simulate adverse conditions on the airport. Our instructors actually take their students to the local snowy areas, river beds, and logging roads, which are within minutes of the flight school. This allows our students to get the practical experience they need to be the most marketable in the industry. I have made it my goal to provide the best possible atmosphere for students as they learn how to fly. Our facility is comfortable and casual, yet professional. My staff and I encourage students and potential students to spend as much time as they need in our training areas. They are always free to use our lounge and study area or take practice tests on a computer at any time, free of charge.
Glacier is not a large "factory" school dependent on quantity. We are a mid-size school focused on quality. This allows me to get to know all of our students, not only on a professional level, but on a personal level too.